Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wild Birds: Cardinal on the garden gate

This was taken just over a week ago when we had snow. The last few days have been seasonable but our forecast is calling for snow again Tuesday night into Wednesday.
 
WV Water Crisis: For those of you who know I live in West Virginia all is fine here Round The Bend.  We are about an hour away from the crisis and are unaffected. Water was beginning to be turned back on yesterday and will continue in sections. What you might not know is that each individual household must flush the pipes in their homes when the water ban is lifted for their area. You have to open your faucets, first hot water, and let flush 15 minutes. After that your hot water tank will be acceptable for use. Then you flush cold faucets for five minutes. Then, outside faucets, etc. You need to think about filters on refrigerators and other appliances. You need to run your dishwasher and washing machine empty for one cycle. The water company will need to watch how all that flushing affects everything before lifing the ban in the next zone. You don't just turn the faucet on and pick up where you left off.  The infamous environmental activist Erin Brockovich is in town so I'm sure we'll be in the news for some time to come. :)
I want to send a sincere wish to all of those affected a speedy return to normalcy.


Linking to Wild Birds with Stewart. and Friday's Fences.

64 comments:

diane b said...

I hadn't heard about the crisis but I have just read about now thanks to Mr Google. It sounds an awful state of affairs. I hope it gets fixed before long.

Mersad said...

Thankfully you haven't been hit too hard. Take care!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Red said...

I hadn't heard of a water crisis in West Virginia. I guess you'll have to do a post on it. It seems like a tremendous waste of water but when health is involved you have to be safe.
Now I did like your cardinal photo

TexWisGirl said...

the cardinal shot is lovely. glad you are NOT in the affected zone. such an awful situation for so many.

Nicki said...

I'm glad you were not affected. I have guarded optimism about the return to "normal" after all of this and wonder what residual effects will show up down the road (wildlife, rivers downstream, latent side-effects of exposure not yet recognized). We too are just outside the parameters, though my husband works in the mix of it and we have family and friends suffering through it. A reality check to how dependent we are on daily conveniences.

Your photo is breath-taking. Beautifully captured.

Karen said...

A beautiful capture Carletta. Cardinals are so photogenic. I'm glad you have not been affected by the water crisis.

Gail Dixon said...

Gosh, when I heard about that situation with the water I couldn't believe it. I truly hope no one is harmed by it now or in the years to come. Very scary. Anyway, beautiful red cardinal on the snowy fence.

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful photo of the Cardinal in the snow. Yes--we are expecting more bad weather --but maybe not as bad as last week.

Scary about the water crisis We do take things like that for granted, don't we? Glad you weren't affected.

I'm a little shaken. We had a near-miss-head-on car accident yesterday afternoon when a car was coming straight toward us in OUR lane. We swerved and went into the ditch. Luckily, we are fine and no damage to the car --other than being dirty. BUT--we were just lucky that the ditch wasn't steep…. SCARY!

Hugs,
Betsy

Rose said...

So glad you were not included in the area...I was wondering would the pipes ever really be clean.

George said...

This is a wonderful photo of the cardinal against the snow. Very well done.

I'm glad you weren't affected by the water crises. I didn't realize so much was involved with flushing all systems once the ban was lifted.

Wally Jones said...

Our thoughts are with all those affected. Hope "normal" returns quickly!

Wonderful photograph of the bright red Cardinal with the white fence and snow!

Brian King said...

That's a gorgeous shot!

Glad you weren't affected by the water ban and chemicals. I grew up in Huntington.

Kerri Farley said...

He sure is handsome! and so glad you weren't effected by the water issue....what a MESS!

HansHB said...

A lovely red!
Great shot!

Nancy said...

What a mess and so glad you have not been affected....
The shot of the cardinal on the white fence is just gorgeous...It would make gorgeous cards....

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful red and white. I wish we had Cardinals out this way. Well we don't have snow either.
Happy to hear your were not too impacted by the crisis. Sorry about the others.
MB

Dave said...

and a good job Mr Cardinal is there cheering folks up, lovely image.

kelley jensen said...

that's a perfect photo!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This would be a perfect Christmas card (the only way I ever saw Cardinals until we started traveling). I read about the WVA water crisis, but forgot you lived there! Oh my gosh...awful.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful photograph of the Cardinal on the gate, Carletta! I have been following the news and I am so glad that you will have clean water to drink. Such a scary thing - I do hope they fix the problem for good. I live in Washington state where Hanford has been a problem for years......Hugs xo Karen

Ela said...

What a handsome bird !
Beautiful colors and an amazing contrast. Greetings

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

glad to hear all is well at your home in West VA. i have had a bunch of folks asking me if i was ok ... at 1st i had not heard about it ... but how i am in the know ... sounds so scary for the folks living in that area. hoping it will be ok soon. water is not a laughing matter ever.

i love the white fencing & the cardinal beautiful!! ( :

genie said...

I like your cardinal but I ADORE your iron fencing...you lucky girl. We are getting more cardinals since Buddy started putting the seed on the front porch. Yours is really RED!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The contrast between the brilliant cardinal and the old white gate is stunning. Lovely shot.

Scraggly Fence

Jan n Jer said...

what a mess this water thing is. Hope all goes back to normal and safe soon.l Love your cardinal...so pretty!

LV said...

What a lovely combination of red and white. I never have heard of such a terrible thing with water.

The Greenockian said...

Absolutely beautiful photograph.
Liz

Ruth Kelly said...

A water crisis sure makes one thing about keeping extra water at home in case of emergencies. Good advice for all.

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely shot of the male cardinal.

Very scary about the water crisis. I'm so glad you were not affected.

Ida said...

Wow the pop of red against the white fence and snow is fabulous. Great capture of the Cardinal. Good to hear you weren't affected by the water problem there in WVA.

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful bird, great shot.

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